Winter Break – what did you do?
This past winter break, I traveled back home and spent time with my family like many students did. Besides the great, yet overwhelming, family visits in my hometown, I did have the opportunity to stay in Manhattan for a week with immediate family, and I was able to see the Broadway show, The Holiday Inn, which actually features Corbin Bleu from High School Musical. My dad booked the tickets for us unknowing of this fact, so when we saw him on stage singing and tap dancing, it was a good throwback to my tween days. My brother and I set out on the hunt to find our number one rated pizzeria in the city (him and I both claim we are food connoisseurs). So the verdict is Juliana’s in Brooklyn! It is actually owned by the same owners of the Grimaldi’s Pizza chain, and it is right next to the original Grimaldi’s location in Brooklyn, but is just an extra step up. Also, a fun touristy side note, just down the street from Juliana’s is a great viewing deck of the Brooklyn Bridge and an old school ice cream place that is a must try.
So besides my indulgence in pizza almost every night while we stayed in Manhattan, the highlight of my winter break was actually school related. That statement may come as a surprise to many. But, I recently performed a case study for the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF) Application, and won the scholarship and was able to attend the YMA FSF Awards Gala with another USC recipient and Professor Blumenthal from Marshall. For some background, the YMA FSF provides scholarships to students who are interested in pursuing careers in the fashion industry in the future, whether that be the design side or the business side. As part of the scholarship, FSF holds an annual awards dinner, which seated more than 1400 guests this year, varying from Martha Stewart to Michael Strahan to Kellan Lutz to CEOs of almost every major fashion company, and raised around $3.5 million to sponsor future YMA FSF Scholars. Not only that, but scholars are hosted at the Grand Hyatt in Manhattan by the foundation and attend a Kohl’s Design Office Tour, a Hearst Institute session, cocktail receptions with executives, and an even larger networking reception. Needless to say, this Awards Gala was truly a once in a lifetime experience that I was luckily able to participate in through Marshall, which is a member school to the YMA FSF. Another fun personal side note about this scholarship is that I heard about it for the first time from Dean Callahan after my Merit Scholarship interview at USC. I had mentioned to my interviewers my interest in bridging together fashion and finance, and Dean Callahan, as one of my interviewers, suggested that I apply for the program if I did attend USC. Well, moral of the story is to always take note of those little suggestions because it may just earn you a trip to Manhattan for an amazing event!